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UTech, Ja: Septennial Review Focus Group for Alumni Class of 2007 – 2016 January 20, 2017

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Dear Alumni (Class of 2007 – 2016)

Our University is currently hosting its second Septennial Review (2007- current) to examine whether it is fulfilling its function. The views of our Alumni are important to accurately assessing the performance of the University. Consequently, the Septennial Review Consultants – FocalPoint Consulting Ltd will be hosting focus groups to gain the feedback of Alumni on their experiences at UTech, Jamaica.

As a graduate of UTech, Jamaica (2007 – 2016), whether you are based locally or internationally, if you wish to invest in the ongoing development of UTech, Jamaica through participating in an Alumni focus group, please express your interest by completing the form below.

If you are selected, you will receive a confirmation message from the Alumni Relations Office, and subsequently you will be contacted by the Septennial Review Office, and given instructions about the date/time and how to connect  to the focus group via Skype.

Thanks for considering this and for your ongoing support of UTech, Jamaica.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR FOCUS GROUP
https://goo.gl/forms/AGWUK6WGsfnntaKi1

Cheryll,

Cheryll Messam
Alumni Relations Manager
University of Technology, Jamaica
876-809-4274
cmessam@utech.edu.jm

UTech, Jamaica Alumni Community Welcomes President – Prof. Stephen Vasciannie January 13, 2017

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“….remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” – Henry Ford

Dear Alumni of CAST – UTech, Jamaica,

You are invited to share brief, personal words of welcome to our 4th and newest President — Professor Stephen Vasciannie, CD. Prof. Vasciannie began his tenure as President on January 3, 2017.

Please use the “Add a comment” section found at the top of this blog post to personally welcome Prof. Vasciannie and share one (1) wish you may have for the ongoing development of our University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech, Jamaica).

We commit to share your comments with Prof. Vasciannie. This will surely convey the strong spirit of goodwill that we the CAST  – UTech, Jamaica community of over 170,000 graduates, based locally, regionally and internationally have towards our Alma Mater.

Thanks for your participation and continued support of UTech, Jamaica.


Cheryll Messam, CPC, ELI-MP
Alumni Relations Manager
University of Technology, Jamaica
876-970-5468
cmessam@utech.edu.jm

UTech Jamaica: Prof. Vasciannie Shares Vision for UTech, Jamaica at First Staff Meeting January 11, 2017

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Prof. Vasciannie Shares Vision for UTech, Jamaica at First Staff Meeting

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Prof. Stephen Vasciannie, CD (at podium) President, delivers his inaugural address to members of faculty and staff during a general staff meeting held at the Alfred Sangster Auditorium, UTech, Jamaica Papine campus on Tuesday, January 10, 2017.  Seated at the head table are Mr. Richard Powell, Pro-Chancellor,  who introduced the President and Dr. Elaine Wallace, University Registrar.

 

A capacity audience of members of faculty and administrative staff turned out at the Alfred Sangster auditorium, UTech, Jamaica’s Papine campus on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 for an introductory meeting with new President, Prof. Stephen Vasciannie, CD.

 

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In his wide ranging address to staff, Prof. Vasciannie shared his personal vision for his stewardship as President of the University, which he emphasized, will be anchored by an inclusive approach to decision making.  “It is prudent for me to continue consultations with the various stakeholders of the UTech, Ja. community with a view to ascertaining your perspectives,” he said, adding that “I will seek to find out your own vision for the institution: where are we now, in your view? Where should we seek to go? And what are some of the constraints that limit the great potential that UTech, has in serving Jamaican society and the wider Caribbean.”

The incoming President articulated his intention to oversee an “inclusive institution where attention is paid to the views of the different stakeholders.”  To thunderous applause from the gathering, Prof. Vasciannie underscored that his modus operandi will be one of  open channels of communication, “transparency, fairness, justice and integrity” as principled components of his personal vision in working together with both internal and external stakeholders to ensure the good name, reputation and advancement of UTech, Jamaica.

Meetings with Internal and External Stakeholders

Turning his attention to some of the varied issues and concerns which have been raised by internal and external stakeholders during a series of meetings and courtesy calls since taking up office on January, 3, Prof. Vasciannie noted that he will engage in further discussions before putting forward a detailed statement on the various matters.

During the course of last week he participated in meetings with the management team, heads of the three staff unions, Minister of Education, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid and other senior officers in the Ministry and the University’s Chancellor, the Most Hon. Edward Seaga, ON, PC.  Prof. Vasciannie noted that further consultative meetings will include the Students’ Union Council and visits to UTech, Jamaica’s other campuses over the next few weeks.

Prof. Vasciannie specially thanked his predecessor Prof. Colin Gyles who acted as President for the period August 2015 to December 2016 for his “hard work in holding the fort” and for being a source of information about developments at UTech, Ja.  He also expressed gratitude to Dr. Haldane Johnson who acted as Deputy President during that period and extended appreciation to the Council led by Pro-Chancellor Mr. Richard Powell who was key in his recruitment as President, as well as to University Registrar, Dr. Elaine Wallace and Deputy Chairman of Council, Mr. Michael McAnuff Jones “who have been instrumental in providing guidance and insight.”

Student-Friendly Environment

The new President’s well-received address was punctuated with nodding approvals and spontaneous applause as he outlined a number of operational areas he would like to see bolstered.  Among them – an enhanced student-friendly environment and the promotion of student scholarship, interests and learning.  He also called for greater focus on independent research and publishing that will feature aspects of the work of UTech, Jamaica in the context of the Jamaican society.

Referencing an held opinion that UTech, Jamaica should “focus on technology and scientific matters and leave other subjects to other places,” Prof. Vasciannie emphasized that “our focus on technology and scientific matters need not prompt us to ignore other issues,” pointing out that areas such as business related studies leading to commercial activities are of profound significance to Caribbean societies.  Prof. Vasciannie also noted that UTech, Jamaica should maintain its commitment to teaching and research in the humanities, law and other areas which are not purely scientific.  “There is no case for any one institution having a monopoly, by right, over any area of study in a Jamaica committed to competition, increased opportunities and enhanced enrolment for students,” he affirmed, to loud applause from the large gathering of staff present.

Alternative Funding Opportunities

Prof. Vasciannie rounded out his twenty-minute presentation with the matter of the University’s well-known financial constraints and the dwindling funding from central Government.  He proffered the need to “work more assiduously to promote alternative sources of funding,” citing greater partnership with the private sector at home and abroad within the ambit of “good governance practices and transparency.”

He ended his remarks with an appeal for reconciliation and healing within the University community.  “I suggest that we work calmly and carefully to heal the breaches that may exist within our community,” he said, adding that  “reconciliation does not require us to abandon our principles and values, but it requires us to listen to each other.” Noting that “UTech has made valuable, practical contributions to the lives of thousands of Jamaicans,” he called for a “redoubling of our efforts to continue our major contribution to national development, to serve our students, to enhance research and innovation for development, and to improve social understanding as Jamaica seeks to move from the Third World to the First.”

A robust question and answer session followed in which the President responded to questions and comments made by members of faculty and staff.

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President, Prof. Stephen Vasciannie greets members of faculty and staff who warmly welcomed him following his address


Corporate Communications Unit
Advancement Division
University of Technology, Jamaica
January 11, 2017

Photographs: Calvin McKain Library

UTech, Jamaica: President, Prof. Stephen Vasciannie Pays Courtesy Call on Chancellor Seaga January 11, 2017

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President, Prof. Stephen Vasciannie Pays Courtesy Call on Chancellor Seaga

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WELCOME ON BOARD: The Most Hon. Edward Seaga, ON, PC (right) Chancellor, University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech, Ja.) welcomes Prof. Stephen Vasciannie, CD, President, University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech, Ja.) during a courtesy call on him on Friday, January 6, 2017 at Mr. Seaga’s Distinguished Fellow Offices at UWI, Mona. Prof. Vasciannie was accompanied by Michael McAnuff-Jones, Deputy Chairman of Council and Dr. Elaine Wallace, University Registrar. Prof. Vasciannie took up office as President of UTech, Jamaica on Tuesday, January 3, 2017. His courtesy call on the Chancellor is part of a series of on boarding activities to introduce Prof. Vasciannie to the University’s internal and external stakeholders. 


 

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UTech Jamaica President, Prof. Stephen Vasciannie, Pays Courtesy Call on Minister of Education January 11, 2017

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President, Prof. Stephen Vasciannie, Pays Courtesy Call on Minister of Education

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WELCOME ON BOARD: Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, CD (left), Minister of Education, Youth and Information and Prof. Stephen Vasciannie, CD, President, University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech, Ja.) share a hearty laugh during a courtesy call on the Minister at the Ministry of Education on Thursday, January 5, 2017. Prof. Vasciannie took up office as President of UTech, Ja. on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.   Prof. Vasciannie’s courtesy call on the Minister of Education is part of a series of on boarding activities to introduce him to the University’s internal and external stakeholders.  Looking on is Robert Miller, Senior Advisor to the Minister.

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Prof. Vasciannie (1st right) makes a point during the meeting with Minister Ruel Reid (centre).  Prof. Vasciannie was accompanied by Mr. Michael McAnnuf-Jones (2nd right), Deputy Chairman of Council and Dr. Elaine Wallace (3rd right), University Registrar. Participating in the meeting from left are Dr. Grace McLean, Chief Education Officer, Mr. Robert Miller, Senior Advisor to the Minister and Mr. Dean-Roy, Permanent Secretary,  Ministry of Education, Youth and Information.

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University of Technology, Jamaica
Monday, January 9, 2017

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JOB ADVT: Valuation Officer January 10, 2017

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VACANCY – Valuation Officer

  • University level qualification in Estate Management /Valuation Surveying  
  • Reliable Motor Vehicle
  • 3 years experience in valuation surveying
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to multitask
  • Strong communication and presentation skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite

 Kindly submit resumes to:

info@lamaisonproperty.com  by Friday 20th,January 2017.


NOTE: The University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech, Ja) shares career and other opportunities on this blog, sourced from non-UTech, Ja entities and organizations, based locally and overseas. This is done as an information service to its alumni community and other users. UTech, Ja is not liable for any loss or damage, personal or otherwise from the use of said information.  UTech, Ja does not guarantee that your participation in any of the activities referenced will be a good and safe decision for you.  It is understood that users of the blog will do their own research and proper due diligence, to determine what is a profitable and safe opportunity, before committing to any action.

 

Alumni Relations Office
University of Technology, Jamaica
876-970-5468

UTech, Jamaica Welcomes New President – Prof. Stephen Vasciannie, CD January 6, 2017

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University of Technology, Jamaica

Welcomes

Professor Stephen Vasciannie, CD

President

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Professor Stephen Vasciannie, CD

 

The University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech, Jamaica), led by Mr. Michael McAnnuf-Jones, Deputy Chairman of Council this morning welcomed Professor Stephen Vasciannie, CD who assumed duties today, Tuesday, January 3, 2017 as President.

On his arrival, Mr. McAnnuf-Jones and Dr. Elaine Wallace, University Registrar presented Members of Council, University Officers, Vice Presidents, Associate Vice Presidents, and other members of Executive Management and staff.

Prof. Vasciannie in his response said that he “looks forward to working with the University’s Registrar, Council and all members of staff to make the University a better place.”  He added that, “the University has great potential to contribute to Jamaica and the rest of the Caribbean,” and  that he will be meeting with all stakeholders to discuss the way forward.

Mr. Micheal McAnnuf-Jones, Deputy Chairman of Council who represented Pro-Chancellor, Mr. Richard Powell, in welcoming Prof. Vasciannie expressed appreciation on behalf the University’s Council for the patience demonstrated by all stakeholders during the search for a new President. He specially thanked Prof. Colin Gyles, Deputy President and Dr. Haldane Johnson, Associate Vice President, Undergraduate Studies who served as Acting President and Acting Deputy President respectively for their commitment to the University during the period.

As President, Prof. Vasciannie will carry out the functions of chief academic and administrative officer of the University, reporting directly to the Council, through its Chairman, the Pro-Chancellor. He will be principally responsible for implementing the Council’s policies, and will exercise such executive powers as necessary for the proper administration and operation of the University.

He has been a member of the Jamaican Bar for twenty years, and worked at the United Nations and at the Wall Street Law firm of Sullivan and Cromwell as a member of the New York Bar in the 1990s.  His illustrious career in academia has included senior appointments at the University of the West Indies, and he served as Principal of the Norman Manley Law School from 2008 to 2012.  Within the University of the West Indies, Professor Vasciannie has won various awards for outstanding teaching and research.

Prof. Vasciannie has served with great distinction in both the private and public sectors.  He has been a Deputy Solicitor General for Jamaica, has been a member of the Board of Scotiabank Jamaica, and has chaired the Boards of Scotia Investment Jamaica and of his alma mater, Kingston College.

Between 2012 and 2015, he served as Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States of America and Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States (OAS).  In the latter capacity, he was elected Chairman of the Permanent Council of the OAS for the period August to October 2012, and as Chairman of the OAS Committee on Juridical and Political Affairs for the year 2014 to 2015.

For his services to Jamaican Education, Law and International Relations, Prof. Vasciannie received the national award of Order of Distinction (Commander Class) in 2015.

The UTech, Jamaica family welcomes Professor Vasciannie.

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Dr. Elaine Wallace (left), University Registrar and Mr. Michael McAnnuf-Jones (right), Deputy Chairman of Council present Mr. Stephen Vasciannie to Council Members, University Officers, Vice Presidents, Associate Vice Presidents and other members of Executive Management.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

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JOB ADVT: Gaming & Tech Fair (Various Positions) – Jan 12 & 13, 2017 January 5, 2017

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Dear Alumni,

You are invited to take advantage of these various employment opportunities at the upcoming Gaming & Technology Job Fair, January 12 & 13, 2017  hosted by UTech, Jamaica on behalf of a company operating in the Betting/Gaming and Technology Industries.

Please note that the advertisement indicates that for Managerial Positions  the submission deadline is Wednesday, January 11th, 2017. However we recommend that you try to submit your resume before that e.g. by January 9th, 2017, given the expected volume of applicants.

Applications are open to UTech Grads, and final year students, as well as qualified members of the public.

Alumns and final year students applying for Non-Managerial positions please take note of the briefing session scheduled for Tuesday, January 10th, 2017.

UPDATE 11-01-2017 per The Sunday Gleaner, January 8, 2017, Page J2

  • Positions available for all parishes
  • January 12 & 13, 2017
  • Time: 9 am – 3 pm (disregard previously  advertised time slot above of 8 am – 5 pm)
  • All candidates must present:
    • Updated resume with related certifications
    • Copy of Valid National ID
    • Successful applicants will be required to produce a Jamaican Police Record
    • Send an email to getajob876@gmail.com prior to attend the Fair. Please indicate the position being applied for in the subject line
  • Application deadline: Wednesday January 11, 2017

 

NOTE: The University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech, Ja) shares career and other opportunities on this blog, sourced from non-UTech, Ja entities and organizations, based locally and overseas. This is done as an information service to its alumni community and other users. UTech, Ja is not liable for any loss or damage, personal or otherwise from the use of said information.  UTech, Ja does not guarantee that your participation in any of the activities referenced will be a good and safe decision for you.  It is understood that users of the blog will do their own research and proper due diligence, to determine what is a profitable and safe opportunity, before committing to any action.

 

Alumni Relations Office
University of Technology, Jamaica

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